Joseph Palamara, DVM, DACVS-SA, Owner

Specialty: Surgery

“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.”– Orhan Pamuk

Dr. Joseph Palamara was born and raised in Middletown, NY. He attended Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY for his undergraduate degree in biology and obtained his DVM from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, West Indies in 2003.

Joe then completed a one-year small animal and surgery internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York, NY. Over the next few years, Joe lived in the downstate region working mostly as a full-time emergency doctor. During his off days, Joe covered several veterinary practices and helped the Dutchess County SPCA, Spay / Neuter Clinic.

In 2012 Joe pursued his residency in small animal surgery at the Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers, NY. Prior to joining Upstate Veterinary Specialties in 2018, Joe was a Staff Surgeon at VCA Katonah Bedford Veterinary Center where he offered orthopedic, soft tissue, and minimally-invasive surgeries. In 2016, Joe became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Joe has been published in the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association for an article entitled, Perioperative Cefovecin to Reduce the Incidence of Urinary Tract Infection in Dogs Undergoing Hemilaminectomy and is a member of the Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology, American Veterinary Medical Association, and the New York State Veterinary Medical Society.

Joe moved to upstate NY to enjoy more time with his family and explore the outdoors. Over the past few years, he has become an avid European traveler, enjoying the region’s history, culture, and cuisine. In his spare time, he plays guitar and baseball/softball; discovers new recipes to cook; and hangs out with his vocal 18-year-old DSH, Madeline, from the island of St. Kitts.